The South Africa Ansteys

Overview of the South Africa Ansteys

There is no such thing as a single South Africa  ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branch. South Africa Ansteys form a gallimaufry of offshoots of sub-branches, however they all have one thing in common, being that they can ALL ultimately trace back their ‘Anstey’ lineage to England, joining with one of the known English Anstey sub-branches.

So however South African you may feel, if you are an ‘Anstey’ (or ‘Anstee’, ‘Ansty’ or ‘Anstie’) you have plenty of English blood and therefore rightly should always hope that England beat the Springboks at rugby. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ in South Africa are direct descendants of Hubert de Anstey, the first holder and originator of the Anstey surname in 1143.

Having said that, there are some Anstey sub-branches in South Africa who have long since settled there. Those sub-branches which we have begun documenting which have connections to South Africa (or Southern Africa eg Kenya) include the:

South Africa Anstey Pioneers

We are actively on the lookout for stories of South Africa ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ pioneers who first made the journey from (probably) England to South Africa (likely in the 1800s or early 1900s, or during the numerous wars in Southern Africa fought by the British in the late 1800s and early 1900s) and then settled there, spawning Anstey sub-branches which thrive in South Africa (or Southern Africa) to this day. Anybody who wishes to share such information please contact us at

So far, we have uploaded information on the following South Africa Anstey pioneers:

South Africa Anstey War Heroes

We have begun to upload biographies of Anstey war heroes. Those who either fought in the numerous Southern Africa wars of the late 1800s and early 1900s, or are from the various South Africa ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branches, or otherwise somehow connected to South Africa, include:

South Africa Landmarks Called ‘Anstey’

South Africa Ansteys Evolved from Other Surnames

Thus far we have found just one family who changed their name to ‘Anstey’ and thus do not connect to the Anstey pedigree, that being Isaac Joshua Anstey, born in 1900 to parents Yehuda Joseph Leib Antezorsky and Dvorah Antezorsky of Lithuania (they had a total of six children – it is not currently known if the others also changed their surname). Isaac married Rosaline Eva Palca in 1935 and they had four children in South Africa. Isaac Joshua Anstey died in 1982 in Cape Province, South Africa, buried in the Jewish Cemetery.

Surely related to this family is Gerard Israel Anstey and his sister Rose Anstey, both minors in Johannesburg when their mother Fanny Antesorsky (wife of Gerson Antesorsky) died in 1940.

Further Details on South Africa Ansteys

#1. Paul Anstie, who lived in Pietermaritzburg, Natal for a period during the 1850s, having a family there, did not settle in South Africa – he is the patriarch of the London, Ontario Ansties of Canada.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the South Africa Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.  

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘South Africa’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

There are some Anstey sub-branches in South Africa who have long since settled there and we are actively seeking any research or other documentation such as correspondence that South Africa Ansteys might like to share with others on this Anstey project website, especially stories regarding the earliest ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ ancestors who arrived in South Africa from England. We are also very interested in South Africa Ansteys who fought in any wars.

Please contact us at with any such information if you are willing to share it.

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